Kindergarten Rhythm

8:00-8:25 am Morning Gathering Circle with Parents.  Children, teachers and willing parents join together to sing good morning to the new day.
8:30-9:00 am Circle Time.  The teacher leads the children on a magical journey through song, dance and story, inspired by the changing seasons.  The children move their bodies in developmentally challenging ways as they participate as a group, while learning verses and songs.
9:00-9:45am Inside Playtime.  Children engage in child-directed creative play.  Examples of their play include going on an airplane trip, camping, taking care of the home and the babies, or acting out ideas from our stories. Children also participate in teacher-led activities like finger knitting, sewing, and cooking and prepare for the many festivals celebrated in the kindergarten (i.e., dyeing silk capes, crafting lanterns, carving pumpkins, shaping wreaths).
9:45-9:55 am Clean Up Time.  We sing a song and clean our room.  Each child has a job to do and everyone works together.
9:55-10:25 am Healthy Snack.  We serve fresh fruit and/or vegetables with our snacks.  All items are organically grown, season and from local sources when possible.
10:25-11:40 am Outside Playtime.  The children play in our lovely kindergarten play yard.  They dig in the sand or our digging hill, garden, spin on the tire swing, climb in the trees and enjoy nature and each other.  
11:40 am-12:15 pm                      Story and Activity Time.  A different activity each day. (e.g., painting; coloring; walk; beeswax modeling).
12:15-12:45 pm Lunch.  We all sit together to enjoy the lunch we bring from home.
12:45-1:00 pm Goodbye Song and Hugs.  We sing goodbye to our day.
1:00 pm Parents Arrive.  Children are received outside. 
                                                                                 Optional aftercare begins at 1:00 p.m. and ends at 5:30 p.m. for families who need full-time care.